The official name for PADS is South Suburban, Public Action to Deliver Shelter. JASSAC Deltas serve every 2nd Thursday evening and Friday morning from October through April. JASSAC provides money for the meat and the Sorors donates the side dishes they cook. Our morning shift cooks hot breakfast food to go along with PADS continual breakfast. Yes, Non-Deltas Members can volunteer, they must register directly with PADS.
The focus in prior years has been on 4 general service recipients: schools/community centers; military members; hospitals; and nursing homes.
One hundred (101) care packages/baskets (acts of Kindness) were prepared and distributed as follows:
- 22 to schools/community centers; these contained paper, pens, folders etc.. We sent one to all of the schools/community centers where we have had events in the past as well as some others;
- 22 to troops: these boxes were sent to soldiers (preferably ones that Sorors know) across the country and contained, granola bars, socks, razors, etc.;
- 22 to hospitals staff: these contained treats;
- 22 to a hospital that were delivered to sick children: these contained a stuffed animal, coloring book and crayons etc., and
- 13 nursing homes: (preferably ones where Sorors have friends or family members) these contained perfume, mints, stuffed animals, etc..
Blessings in a Backpack
No child should go hungry. Today, nearly 70 percent of children in the U.S. are on the federal Free and Reduced Price School Meals program, totaling nearly 31 million students. This federal program provides food for these students during the week, but most of them have a difficult time obtaining food during the weekends. This is where Blessings in a Backpack comes in.
JASSAC Deltas have partnered with Blessings in a Backpack, a 501(c)3 organization that, through an all-volunteer network, mobilizes communities, individuals and resources to provide food on the weekends for elementary school children across America who face food insecurity.
Each month members of the sorority make sure that students in the South Suburbs have food for the weekend by purchasing food and stuffing backpacks for distribution to local students. Each child receives on Friday, a backpack full of food for the weekend. Blessings in a Backpack currently provides nearly 3 million hunger-free weekends to more than 78,000 children in 45 states and the District of Columbia.